Begin your travels through Guatemala and Belize with a flight to Guatemala City. We’ll take you straight to Antigua to get your adventures started, but first you can relax in the comfortable surrounds of Meson Panza Verde.
Spend the day strolling around the streets of Antigua. Founded in 1543, this glorious colonial jewel of Guatemala is one of the oldest cities in the Americas, It’s packed full of lovingly restored colonial buildings dressed in terracotta colours that sit pretty before a rugged mountainous backdrop. A morning walking tour will introduce its laid-back charms and its best sights.
Today, timeless nature and ancient history blend seamlessly. A short flight from Guatemala City and you’ll soon be approaching the Mayan ruins of Tikal. Surrounded by lush forest, a guided tour will shed light on the mysteries of Tikal’s huge stone pyramids. Tonight you’ll stay at La Lancha jungle lodge, with the atmospheric howls of monkeys and haunting hoots of birds surrounding you.
Hidden away for centuries, the lakeside Mayan ruins of Yaxha will lead you to the border into Belize. After your night in the jungle you have earned the utter luxury of Francis Ford Coppola's exclusive Blancaneaux Lodge. Located within the remote mountains of Western Belize, Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room hideaway, shrouded in forest green overlooking the flowing waters of the Privassion River.
Take your time exploring all that Blancaneaux Lodge has to offer. If you’re feeling energetic you could embark on a day’s jungle hike to the Elijio Panti National Park, trying to spot a jaguar. Head to Big Creek Falls if you fancy a refreshing swim in the cool waters. Saddle up and enjoy a sunrise or sunset horse riding trek. Or just kick back and let Blancaneaux pamper you.
Caracol is the largest Mayan archaeological site in Belize. Once home to more than 140,000 Mayans, and a cultural epicentre during the Classic Maya era, your guide will explain a bit more about how and why the Mayan civilization so suddenly crumbled. A trip to Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, the oldest National Park in Belize, gives you the chance to take in caves, waterfalls and natural pools. Perfect for a dip at the end of a long and adventurous day.
Hop on a plane to Chan Chich, a jungle lodge artfully built within the ancient plaza of a Mayan city. Hidden deep within a 250,000 acre nature reserve teeming with exotic wildlife, this authentic lodge allows you to experience more Mayan wonders and plenty of wonderful wildlife too. Try to spot the elusive jaguar as you discover all Belize is doing to protect this amazing natural habitat.
Whether you wish to relax, head out on a jungle trek, indulge in some birdwatching or make a splash in a canoe is up to you. There’s a guided tour of the Chan Chich Lodge Reserve to explore its biodiversity. The Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves contain skeletal remains and ceramics left behind by ancient Maya. These include the Crystal Maiden, a teenage girl thought to have been ritually sacrificed.
A morning flight to San Pedro will bring you to Victoria House on Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize and a hub for centuries of maritime activity and fishing. Diving, scuba and ecotourism are big here and the island boasts one of the largest coral reef systems in the world.
Soak in the mosaic tiled pool and enjoy a cool drink under the sun. If that sounds just too relaxing you can ramp up the excitement on exhilarating snorkelling or scuba diving trips around the Belize Barrier Reef. The Great Blue Hole, a submarine sinkhole, is an amazing sight from the surface and an incredible world-famous dive site.
All too soon it’s time for your return journey from Belize International Airport. You’ll arrive home the following day with lasting memories of Guatemala’s rich Mayan culture and the tropical brilliance of Belize.